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  1. The First Americans 8th Grade United States History Let’s learn about the Ice Age!!

  2. Vocabulary Words to Know • Beringia • Nomads • Migration • Ice Age • Maize • Culture • Artifacts • Archaeology • Carbon Dating Write each definition as we go through the lecture.

  3. Where did the first Americans come from? • They came during the Ice Age around 20,000 years ago. • They traveled across Beringia (land bridge connecting Asia and North America). • Light Brown (then)=Land • Light Brown (now)=Water • They came from Siberia (Russia).

  4. Beringia • They crossed over on a land bridge made of ice from Siberia to Alaska. This land bridge is called Beringia.

  5. What were the reasons for coming to North America • They were following large game • Mammoths/Mastodons • Buffalo/Bison • Saber-Tooth Tigers • They came in a MIGRATION.- A large group of people moving from one place to another • They were Nomads -People who move from place to place without a stable home

  6. This migration took centuries. They were nomads in search of food. They hunted bison and mammoths using stone tools

  7. What happened at the end of Ice Age • About 15,000 years ago the earth’s temperature began to rise and the ice melted. Cut off the first Americans from Asia. The mammoth and other large animals began to die out.

  8. What was the Ice Age? Sea levels were lowered. Extremely cold temperatures on Earth. Much of the oceans were frozen into ice sheets, or glaciers. People and animals can move across the land, which was once covered by water. Lower sea levels exposed large areas of the seabed (ground).

  9. What was covered by ice? Representation of Europe during Ice Age Green- land Blue- water White- ice/snow Representation of North America during Ice Age The “cloud” represents areas that were ice/snow during the Ice Age.

  10. What did they do when the animals died out?… • 1.Learn to fish • 2.Hunt smaller game (deer, rabbits, squirrels, etc…) • 3.Begin planting seeds

  11. A New Way of Life • N/A’s in modern day Mexico discovered how to breed plants like corn around 8,000 B.C. – called maize • Population grew rapidly as a result • Pumpkins, beans, squash, tomatoes, and potatoes were all developed by N/A’s


  13. Ceramics & Textiles Ceramics- anything made of clay Textiles- anything woven with fiber

  14. FIRE Cooked food Dugout canoes Protection from animals Light at night or in caves

  15. Transportation N/A’s did not have horses until Europeans arrived, they either walked or used canoes

  16. Hunting Early N/A’s hunted large game like wooly mammoth. Later, hunted deer, buffalo, and other smaller animals

  17. BOW AND ARROW • B and A-big improvement • over spear • Skilled archer could hit targets from • over a thousand feet away • One person can carry dozens of • arrows

  18. How do historians know so much? • They usecarbon dating - measures the amount of carbon that remains in something. This can tell us the age of something. • They use artifacts, which are things left behind by early people. • They studyarchaeology, the study of ancient cultures.

  19. Classwork/Homework; • Chapter 1 section 1 • Complete reading check on page 18 and reading check on page 19. • Complete section assessment on page 19 #’s 2,3,5 • Finish Textbook scavenger hunt for homework

  20. Central and South American Peoples • Large civilizations began in South and Central America. • A. Olmec (12,000bc) Mexico • B Maya replaced the Olmec (400bc) 1. lived in Central America and Mexico 2. Society was ruled by religious leaders(theocracy) 3. Developed a calender and used hieroglyphics.

  21. Central and South American peoples • C Aztec (250-1500AD) Mexico 1. Capital was Tenochtitlan 2. Great warriors • D Inca (South America) 1200 1. Capital was Cuzco 2. Largest of the 3

  22. North American Peoples • Civilizations in North America began 3,000 years ago. Evidence of the first NA in North America was in the Southwest. • The Hohokam- Arizona • B. The Anasazi (Utah, Colorado, Arizona,New Mexico) They built dwellings in the walls of steep cliffs

  23. Pueblo Bonito- New Mexico

  24. Mesa Verde - Colorado

  25. Mound Builders • Region extending from Great Lakes to Gulf of Mexico • Adena, Hopewell, Mississippians • Built earth mounds as burial chambers for important people and Chiefs • Largest earth mound is in Illinois called Cahokia • Local example is Lake Jackson Mounds built by the Appalachee

  26. Cahokia

  27. Regions of Native Americans • People of the North: Canada and Alaska Inuit • People of the West: California and West Coast Tlingit, haida, Chinook, Nez Perce, Pomo, Shoshone • People of the Southwest: Hopi, Acoma, Zuni, Apache, Navajo • People of the Plains: Dakota

  28. People of the East and Southeast: Iropuois, Cherokee,Mohawk, Creek, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Seminole • First People of Florida: Timucua Apalachee Jeagas Tequesta Calusa Tocobaga

  29. Warm-up • Page 27 1-5. Put your answers on a sheet of paper in your warm-up section of your notebook